Alienware 14 (2013)
Well, after humming and hawing for two weeks I finally decided on the 2013 Alienware 14 from Dell.
The Inspiron 17R Special Edition (7720) I ordered back in May just didn’t cut it.
I sent back the Latitude E6540 without opening it.
I almost went with the Latitude 3540, but a few things just didn’t work for me. Read more »
After being available for years in the US, Dell has finally launched the Advantage Loyalty Program here in Canada.
We don’t get the free 2nd day shipping like they do in the US, but we do get the 5% cash back (via gift card) offer. I suppose it’s not really cash back as much as a discount towards your next purchase that expires in 90 days, but it’s better than nothing. 🙂
Well, on a whim I ordered a Latitude E6540 from Dell the other day.
I’ve been waiting for a decent laptop with a Haswell processor and discrete graphics since July and the E6540 seemed to fit the bill. It wasn’t cheap ($1700), but it included an Intel i7-4800MQ Quad-core CPU and an AMD Radeon HD 8790M GPU. It would also work with my Dell pr02x dock, had a 1080p anti-glare screen and included a 500GB SSD (or so I thought).
I didn’t want to spend that much, but I figured for a 500GB SSD (worth about $400) it was worth it. After placing the order I read the specs closer and realized it came with a 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive, not a 500GB Solid State Drive. Man, rarely does one work make such a difference.
Without the 500GB SSD, I decided it was not worth $1775 to me, maybe closer to $1400 – $1500. I sent a request to cancel it (2 hours later) but the rep had left for the day. It will probably be delivered today or tomorrow. I’ve already notified Dell that I will be sending it back without opening it.
And so my quest for a new laptop continues.